Bleeding Ear Canal
Bleeding from your ear canal can be scary. Fortunately the majority of cases look worse than they actually are.
Causes for Bleeding Ear Canal
- Home ear cleaning. Probably the most common cause for bleeding ear canals is people cleaning or scratching the inside of their ear canals with sharp fingernails, toothpicks, or q-tips which scratch or cut the surface skin.
- Infections of the outer ear can lead to enough irritation and swelling of the underlying skin to cause bleeding with contact. Middle ear infections can lead to a pressure build up which can ultimately lead to rupture and bleeding of the ear drum if not treated.
- Rarely sonic shockwave blasts from explosions or dramatic pressure changes during diving can rupture the ear drum leading to bleeding.
- Tumors of the ear can present with bleeding. Fortunately these are rare.
- Severe head trauma can lead to fractures of the bones encompassing the ear leading to bleeding trickling out of the ear canal.
- Foreign objects stuck in the ear can lead to irritation and eventual light bleeding from the ear.
- Blood thinners like aspirin or warfarin can predispose you to an ear bleed with trivial contact with the ear such as itching with your finger.
Symptoms of Bleeding Ear Canal
- There may be pain from the cause of the bleed.
- Red blood streaks or flow.
- Reduced hearing.
Bleeding Ear Canal Treatment
Bleeding from the ear should prompt a visit to your doctor where they can promptly look inside the ear with an otoscope and tell you whether this is a serious or minor cause and offer treatment.